President Jacob Zuma has heartily congratulated the US president-elect, Donald John Trump for becoming the states forty-fifth president.
The department of International Relations said on Wednesday morning that the presidency conveyed his message to the US president-elect, Trump for his surprising victory in the just concluded election
“President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for winning the presidential elections that were held in the United States on 08 November 2016,” it said in a statement.
“President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the president-elect and looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries.
“He underlined that South Africa further looked forward to working closely with the new Administration in the United States in promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the African continent,” the statement read.
Trump had during his election campaign, made several horrific comments about South Africa. In one of his campaign messages, Donald Trump referred to South Africa as a country ridden by crime and violence.
He said when former president Nelson Mandela died: “I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime-ridden mess that is just waiting to explode – not a good situation for the people!”
I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime ridden mess that is just waiting to explode-not a good situation for the people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2013
Trump repeated this months later when he said via Tweeter: “As I have long been saying‚ SA is a total — and very dangerous — mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather).”
As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2015
More to this, Donald Trump said this during the xenophobic violence broke out last year.
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